2023 Voyager Estate Vivid Red [PF]

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A light, chillable, refreshing preservative free red from newly crowned Voyager Chief Winemaker, Tim Shand.

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This is the wine that marked a new chapter in the Voyager story - the first red wine released by winemaker Tim Shand, his brainchild, and a fresh, modern red built for a new generation.

This is a vibrant, and yes, vivid, blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Tempranillo & Merlot, built in a light frame and destined for chilled, warm-weather drinking. It's reminiscent of the lovely, smashable reds Tim made during his time in the Yarra Valley. It's a wine that says, "Drink me now, and drink me with friends in the sun!"

It makes a statement about what Tim's tenure at this historic Margaret River estate is going to look like. Blending tradition with innovation, the old with the new. It's a tantalising preview of what's to come over the coming years for the Voyager label.

“A pure and bold expression of our place in Stevens Valley. Wild, bright and completely preservative-free, it’s fresh as the day and ready for spring.”
- Tim Shand (Chief Winemaker)

95 points
"It’s not about ageability or complexity, Vivid Red is about drinkability and for a lighter-framed style, this is excellent. Don’t be afraid to chill this down in warmer weather. Don’t be afraid to drink it with gusto, and best to do so as it’s preservative free."
- Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)


VARIETY
Shiraz, Tempranillo, Grenache, Merlot

NOSE
Intense red fruit, earth, graphite, aniseed

PALATE
Bold, wild brambly fruit, ferrous, velvety tannin

FOOD MATCH
Take it on your next picnic!

OAK
3 months, old oak barriques

COLOUR
Deep purple

ORGANIC STATUS
Certified organic & preservative free

VINTAGE
Despite a cool start to spring, flowering and fruit set were even across all varieties. November heralded the beginning of a glorious run of weather. Days were warm but never hot, and temperatures dropped nicely into the evenings, allowing gradual ripening and acid retention in the grapes.

95 points - "Tim Shand took over as chief winemaker in late 2022, so this wine represents one of the first under his guardianship – and a brand-new one to boot. Very much in the Yarra Valley dry-red vein, no surprise given he spent more than a decade in that region, though this is a Margaret River version. A blend of 40/20/20% shiraz/grenache/tempranillo, all whole bunches, and 20% merlot, which is destemmed but left as whole berries, each parcel fermented separately and popped into old oak for three months before blending. It’s a cracking wine. Lovely supple tannins, tangy and juicy acidity with the core of bright, red-accented fruit flavours all in line and an attractive leesy flavour, too. Super-fresh and vibrant all the way through. Gluggable comes to mind, so does delicious. It’s not about ageability or complexity, Vivid Red is about drinkability and for a lighter-framed style, this is excellent. Don’t be afraid to chill this down in warmer weather. Don’t be afraid to drink it with gusto, and best to do so as it’s preservative free." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

92 points - "It’s the best Shiraz/Grenache/Tempranillo/Merlot blend I can recall tasting, or so I quipped back in August 2023, while tasting this with incoming winemaker Tim Shand. I’m trying it again now, as it wasn’t released back then. This vintage is the first with Tim at the controls. No SO2 added here.

Juicy, sweet red berries, cherry cola, a little earthy and peppery, baking spice. Fleshy, bright, but lovely texture and fine silty tannin, some meatiness, but succulent and juicy to close, with a gentle hit of bitterness. Good stuff. The shape of things to come at Voyager, perhaps." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Voyager Estate

Established in 1978, Voyager Estate, a pioneering Margaret River wine estate founded by Michael Wright, has celebrated over four decades of excellence. Nestled in Stevens Valley, its undulating slopes, warm summers, and maritime breezes shape the unique qualities of its world-class Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Led by Michael's daughter, Alexandra Burt, the family-owned estate remains dedicated to showcasing the region's distinctiveness through progressive winemaking and immersive experiences for visitors.

From organic certification to innovative sustainability initiatives, Voyager Estate prioritizes environmental responsibility. The estate's commitment is evident in practices such as composting grape marc, telemetry-controlled irrigation, and raising ducks to combat pests. With Chardonnay and Cabernet as cornerstones, the range includes Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon, Shiraz, and blends. The recent addition of Chief Winemaker Tim Shand in 2022 marks a new chapter, infusing the historic estate with innovation and youthful vigor. As Voyager Estate looks to the future, Shand's expertise promises a continued legacy of excellence in Margaret River winemaking.

Chief Winemaker, Tim Shand. Voyager Estate

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